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  • Board approves 4-day school week

    Polly Taylor|Mar 12, 2015

    After two public forum meetings, numerous discussions at previous school board meetings, and comments at Monday night’s meeting, the Laramie County School District 2 Board approved a four-day school week, beginning with the 2015 fall semester. After the regular formalities at the beginning of the meeting, Christopher Hinds, food service director for Chartwells, which provides meals for the districts’ schools, and his direct supervisor, Dick Sikorsky, district manager for Chartwell’s, gave the b...

  • Teaching Miss Malarkey

    Mar 12, 2015

  • Moon giant

    Mar 12, 2015

  • Have you always wanted to be your own boss?

    Bill Sniffin|Mar 12, 2015

    It seems like every year, more and more people choose to follow the entrepreneurial path that has guided my life. Here are a few thoughts on the subject: We have a small group up here in Fremont County called Entrepreneurs Anonymous. We try to meet each month in Lander or Riverton and we talk about how to run a small business. One of the guys who has started his own company told this story at a recent meeting: “Our little business is very small operation by any means of comparison. Yet it is t...

  • Paul 'Smitty' E. Smith

    Mar 12, 2015

    Paul 'Smitty' E. Smith, 77, of Pine Bluffs, passed away at his home on Sunday, March 8, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. Smitty was born Dec. 29, 1937, in Cedar, KS, a son of the late David and Ruby (Stice) Smith. Smitty grew up in Sherman County, KS, on Smoky Hill River. He attended school in Kanarado, KS, and later served in the United States Army from 1960 to 1962. He served nine months in Ansbach, Germany, with the 75th Artillery, and was stationed at Ft. Hood, TX. He owned and operated Smitty’s Diesel Repair in Cheyenne for a n...

  • Kindergarten screening set

    Submitted|Mar 12, 2015

    Pine Bluffs Elementary School will hold its Kindergarten screening Tuesday, April 7, from 8 a.m to 2 p.m.. Children entering Kindergarten must be five years old by Sept. 15, 2015, and have a current immunization record, Social Security card and birth certificate at the time of the screening. Parents must make appointments for the Kindergarten screening, and can do so by calling Leanne at Pine Bluffs Elementary School at 307-245-4070...

  • Community Calendar

    Mar 12, 2015

    Items for possible inclusion in the weekly community calendar should be typewritten or legibly printed. All submissions should include the name and daytime telephone number of the person submitting the information in case questions arise. Items which may be included in the calendar are church events, club meetings, and school events. If your club will not be meeting or has a change, please contact us so we can update the calendar with the correct information as soon as possible. Items should be received on Monday at 5 p.m., one week prior to...

  • Sheriff's Department, Pine Bluffs P.D. deal with death

    Polly Taylor|Mar 12, 2015

    The Laramie County Sheriff’s Department was called to the scene of a one-vehicle auto accident early Sunday morning, which resulted in one fatality, on Highway 212, three miles west of Pine Bluffs. Logan Wright, 21, whose residence is listed as Pine Bluffs, died as a result of the accident. The Wyoming Highway Patrol has taken over the fatality investigation. The Pine Bluffs Police Department was dispatched to 650 Simpkins Sunday morning at 11:15 a.m. where Paul Smith, 77, was pronounced dead a...

  • Hornets take third at state

    Patrick Cossel|Mar 12, 2015

    With all the marbles riding on the second game of the state championship in Casper last weekend, the Pine Bluffs Hornets found themselves with their backs up against the wall in the semifinals. Facing a tough Rocky Mountain team, the Hornets couldn't recover from a half time deficit, and lost the game 57-69. The Hornets defeated Lyman 44-31 the night before to advance to round two. "On Friday we just didn't make shots that we usually make; unfortunate for us it happened to be on the very night w...

  • Broncs drop state opener

    Patrick Cossel|Mar 12, 2015

    The Burns Broncs stepped into the 1A-2A State tournament as the number four seed in Casper this weekend. The Broncs schedule was a tough one as they opened the tournament against number one seed Greybull on Thursday. The state tournament is such that you keep going if you win. If you lose, you get another chance to fight your way back to possibly place third. The game started with a tight first quarter. Burns was able to contain the home team to only four points, while putting up two of their...

  • 2A All Conference/All State players named

    Polly Taylor|Mar 12, 2015

    The basketball season has come to an end, we know who the champions are, and now it’s time to find out who, among the Laramie County School District 2 athletes are being recognized for their outstanding athletic ability. The 2015 2A All Conference Basketball team includes Mckenzie Ward, Mckayla Ward and Jessica Malm from Burns High School on the girls’ side, and Hunter Thompson, Scott Gross and Syle Steger from Pine Bluffs high School and Noah Taylor from Burns High School on the boys’ side....

  • Local teacher earns national certification

    Tonia Copeland|Mar 12, 2015

    Exceptional Needs Specialist, Early Childhood to Young Adult, is quite a title, but local teacher Donna Crandall wears it well. Crandall recently obtained her national certification, as well as the long title, through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. National certification is one of the highest marks of professional accomplishment, according to the board website, www.nbpts.org, and according to Crandall, the stringent process demands a great time commitment but is well worth it. Crandall's certification required 450...

  • 153rd Airlift Wing returns airmen from overseas deployment

    Polly Taylor|Mar 12, 2015

    Nearly 100 members of the 153rd Airlift Wing, Wyoming Air National Guard, are now home with their families following a recent deployment to Southwest Asia. The final plane returned home last week. Airmen successfully provided combat airlift support, logistics, maintenance and medical support as part of Operations Enduring Freedom and Freedom's Sentinel. The deployment included the use of four 153rd Airlift Wing C-130H Hercules aircraft and two aircraft from the West Virginia Air National Guard....

  • Bar Bucks winner

    Mar 12, 2015

  • Main Street lighting project moves forward

    Polly Taylor|Mar 12, 2015

    The Town of Pine Bluffs Town Council took one more step toward the installation of new, improved, and aesthetically pleasing light fixtures for Main Street at their Feb. 24 meeting. At a previous meeting, on Feb. 17, the council discussed engineering estimates provided by ESC, a firm based in Fort Collins, CO. Prelimnary costs, which included subcontracting overhead of 15 percent, was over $24,238. The council made a decision that the labor would be provided by the town, negating the need for...

  • LCCC announces 2014 graduates and honor roll

    Polly Taylor|Mar 12, 2015

    Laramie County Community College is proud to announce those students earning a place on the president’s and vice president’s honor rolls and the list of graduates for the fall semester of the 2014 academic school year. Under the list of graduates, students earning high distinction (HD) graduated with a cumulative grade point average between 3.75 and 4.0, and students graduating with distinction (DS) earned a cumulative grade point average between 3.5 and 3.74. Full-time students earning presiden...

  • Spring is in the air

    Mar 12, 2015

  • Looking Back

    Mar 12, 2015

    1 Years Ago Two Guilty Parties Confess After Others Since going to press last week more light has been thrown on the stealing of oats from the Frontier Elevator. Curly Moore and William Holliday who were arrested last week on suspicion and taken to Cheyenne for trial, both confessed to their guilt and will be sentenced to the state penitentiary at Rawlins this week. The amount of stolen oats sold to the Farmers Elevator does not tally with the amount the Frontier Elevator Co. thinks were taken and this leads them to believe the stealing has...

  • Adventures in teaching

    Larry Kane|Mar 12, 2015

    Editor’s Note: We will be carrying stories written by Larry Kane, a local retired teacher, who encourages readers to share their life experiences. My first interesting teacher-student experience occurred on the very first day of my teaching career. I was teaching in a small school in a farm-ranch community, Briggsdale, Co. This particular class happened to be a junior high shop class. I had given the class a demonstration on using a hand saw to cut wood. I then let the kids practice on their own. I had one student, Paul, who was a very small s...

  • No Til Notes: 'Path to Soil Health, Part 2'

    Mark Watson|Mar 12, 2015

    The path to soil health has many stops along the way to obtaining a live, vibrant, functioning soil. Each of us will find a resting point along this pathway and may settle into a comfortable spot along the way. I think it is very encouraging that those of us in production agriculture are even thinking and talking about our journey down the path to soil health. Our farm’s journey began many years ago and we didn’t even know it at the time. We switched our operation from a conventionally til...

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